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See Naples and Die! Touring Naples and the Phlegraean Fields

Kevin Clark

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This guide is an overview of some of the wonderful sights of Naples and the surrounding region. It concentrates on the city of Naples itself and the Phlegraean Fields (or Campi Flegrei) around the Bay to the west of the city, though I touch on a couple of other lesser-known sites in the region. I don't attempt to cover the well known sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum (which need no introduction), the nearby islands (Capri, Ischia, and Procida), or Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, which have been frequently described by others who know them far better than I. Obviously, even within these limits, I can't cover everything in a city as large as Naples, but I tried to hit the highlights.

After a brief introduction, this guide deals primarily with the major sights, along with some information on transportation. I have not addressed other logistical issues such as hotels, restaurants, and shopping, though the guidebooks listed at the end of the section can provide information on these and other topics.

Contents

Introduction to Naples and the Phlegraean Fields: Naples is difficult to master for the first time visitor, but is worth it. Great food, historical treasures, a vibrant city.

The Sights of Naples: The main tourist sights - Palazzo Reale, Teatro San Carlo, Castel Nuovo, Via Toledo, Spaccanapoli, and more.

The Phlegraean Fields: The Phlegrean Fields, Campi Flegrei, is an area close to Naples with ancient Roman ruins and volcanos.

Caserta, Capua, and a few other lesser known sites: The towns of Caserta and Capua, near Naples and towns near Mount Vesuvius. The Royal Palace of Caserta, ancient villas.

The Campania Artecard: The Campania artecard is a pass for many museums and sights in Naples and the surrounding area. 3 day and 5 day passes are available.

Getting Here and Getting Around: Getting to Naples by car, train, bus, ferry. Getting around Naples with public transportation.

Closing Thoughts and Resources: Books and websites to learn more about Naples.

Photos

Slow Travel Photos: Pauline's photos of Naples from December 2003

Slow Travel Photos: Campania - Naples & Amalfi, photos from 1800s, old photos found by Robert from Santa Monica

Slow Photos: Slow Travelers photos of Campania region

Other Resources

Naples Book List: Recommended books, including guides, fiction and historical to help you prepare for and enjoy your trip to Naples.

View of Naples from Hotel Parker's

View of Naples from Hotel Parker's

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